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*iOM e OF W^ 

Volume 2 

Plainville, Mass., May 13, 1921 

Number 9 

D. B. Rowan Succeeds 

Takes Up Duties of Editor 

Harry B. Rowan, on April 25th, 
succeeded Charles H. Peaslej', who, 
for the last ten months at Editor of 
the "Wadco News" rendered very 
efficient service. Mr. Peasley suc- 
ceeded Mr. William Codding, who re- 
signed to nish a course of studies at 
Dartmouth College. 

Mr. Peasley has conscientiously 
worked for the interests of all with a 
firm resolution to make to the "Wad- 
eo" a real live, instructive, and enjoy- 
able paper, something we all have 
loked forward to on the Friday of 
issue. At the time he was tendered 
the position by the Publication Com- 
mittee ,he was very outspoken in his 
belief that his time was so taken up 
with a Correspondence Course in Ac- 
counting that he felt as if he had lit- 
tle time for the duties of Editor. Nev- 
ertheles, he accepted and lias filled the 
position most creditably. 

The thanks of all should and are 
tendered him for what he has accom- 
plished, e are sure he can appreciate 
Ihe fact that his services will be called 
upon in th future, perhaps not so 
much, bul at any rate often enough 

not to let his pen get rusty, for we 
know he is still interested in the 
"Wadco News" and will tell us so 
from time to time. 

Fringe Now the Thing 

By Rita Stuyvesant 
"To be fringed is to be fashion- 
able," says Paris, and therefore we 
are being introduced to some delight- 
ful little models charming in their 
fringed simplicity. Perhaps it is the 
Spanish influence that has crept into 
Milady's wardrobe that is responsible 
for the fringed frocks, and perhaps it 
is a breath from Honolulu that gives 
us these attractive new dresses. 

Cont'd page 2, col. 1 

C. A. Whiting 
Speaks in Attleboro 

Addresses Jewelers Meeting 
in Y. M. C A. 

Through the efforts of a speakers' 
committee of the Superintendent and 
Foremen's Asociation, two speakers, 
Mr. Graydon Stetson and Mr. (Juries 
A. Whiting, were secured lor the 
April meeting which took place on 
April 28th. 

A Chicken salad supper was served 
by Bob Slater in his usual tempting 
manner. During the supper, piano 
and vocal selections were given, one 
in particular appealing to our Mr. 
Fuller. It seemed as if it might have 
been for his special benefit, so much 
to heart did he take it. 

The supper over, a selection of 
songs was given by the Mossberg 
quartet in their most pleasing style. 

Mr. Stetson gave a very interesting 
talk on Banking, explaining the in- 
terdependence of Banks in Federal 
Reserve system with the resulting 
strength gained through such an ar- 
rangement. He also spoke of Ponzi, 
of late repute. Holding him not alto- 
gether too blame, as so much a vic- 
tim of circumstances, the money be- 
ing literally poured in upon him by 
those seeking immediate riches. Sev- 
eral questions were asked of Mr. Stet- 
son which were answered in his clear 
and concise way. 

Mr. Whiting next addressed the 
meeting in his unassuming way. He 
told how he had prepared a speech, 
and then at the last minute had dis- 
carded it in favor of a straight from 
the shoulder talk on the one thing of 
interest to so many of the manufac- 
turers in the Attleboro and Provi- 
dence districts, and the thing he knew 
more about than any other one thing. 
"The Jewelry Business," among the 
things he said and on which particu- 
lar, stress was laid was "Don't cut 
wage.%" for you know that while 
Cont'd on page 2 

A Trip Into Old 

Walter Rice 

Leaving Boston, March 12th, about 
forty member,-; of the Associated In- 
dustries of Massachusetts, started on 
a trip to Mexico to gain a knowledge 
of business conditions as they exist in 
Mexico. With two special Pullmans 
attached to the "Wolverine", the 
route was over the B. & A. R. R., 
through our own Berkshire Hill. Then 
the N. Y. C. R. R. to Cleveland, and 
thence by the 'Big Four Route" to 
St. Louis. The two cars were attached 
to the "Sunshine" Special and head- 
ed for Fort Worth, Texas. The next 
stop, San Antonio was made the fol- 
lowing morning and a cordial recep- 
tion extended to the travellers. Once 
again on board the train they contin- 
ued on to Laredo at which place a 
stop was made and their passports in- 
spected by Mexican officials. Leaving 
Laredo and crossing the Internation- 
al Bridge, the party were soon on 
Mexican soil. 

Now Go On With The Trip 

Arrangements had been made with 
the Mexican government for a loco- 
motive to meet us at Nuevo Laredo,, 
but there was none there. We wait- 
ed for sometime on the siding, but fin- 
ally the Mexican vice-consul, Senor 
Peira, who had joined us at Laredo, 
got in touch with the men higher up 
and word came back- to detach the lo- 
comotive from a train which stood on 
the tracks opposite us and which was 
composed of three or four dilapidated 
passenger coaches and an equal num- 
ber of freight cars, all loaded with 
Mexicans, who had been waiting, no 
one knows how long, for the train to 
pull out. 

Accordingly, the engine was detach- 
ed for sometime on the siding, but fin- 
Pullmans. We found that there were 
four Americans on board the Mexi- 
Cont'd on page 2 


Wadco News 

Published Semi-Monthly 

by the Employees of Whiting & Davis 

Company, Plaiuville, Mass. 

Publication Committee 

J. O. Gagnon, Chairman 

W. M. Fuller Lee Higgins F. Gaddes 

O. Soderstrom H. B. Rowan 

Editor . . H. B. Rowan 

Asst. Editor, Catherine Kennedy 




It will be the aim and purpose of 
the Editor to strive to bring to Wad- 
co Readers a greater feeling of good 
fellowship (in their every-day tasks) 
toward one another. To work for 
harmony be! ween the management 
and employees. 

To bring our Branch Factories into 
close touch with what is happening at 
the main Factory. To inculcate a de- 
sire in every one to always work and 
boost for that which the Wadco News 
represents — the Whiting & Davis Co. 
and its employees. 

To give the news in as entertain- 
ing, instructive and thorough man- 
ner as is possible. 

And last, but not least important, 
your help is wanted for it is only by 
all joining hands and giving the best 
that is in us that we may be proud to 
have our paper go out. 

II. B. Rowan 

Cont'd from page 1, col. 1 

A chic little affair of Canton crepe 
is cut with tiny kimono sleeves and a 
long, one-piece chemise effct. The 
frock slips on over the head and shows 
a graceful oval neck, tied with a slim 
cord at the front. The fringe is ar- 
ranged in five circles that swathe 
themselves about the figure from the 
hips down, and there is a bit of fringe 
at 1he sleeves. A narrow sash of the 
material confines that fulness at the 
the waist. This attractive fringed 
frock is offered in gray, beige, brown, 
white, navy and black crepe, with silk 
fringe in the same shade. 

Cont'd from page 1, col. 2 
there has been a good raise in the 
wage scale in the jewelry business, 
still it has by no means been great 
in some other lines where the cry of 
profiteer was heard and it is in those 
lines where wages are now being cut. 
His remarks on the present condition 
of jewelry trade were of an optim- 
istic nature. He said he was aware of 
the present depression throughout the 
trade, but held that it was a breath- 
ing spell only in which to put our 
houses in order for the better times 
coming and those times were not far 
away, and he asked them to look on it 
from this viewpoint, and above all, 
to keep up their courage, ever with 
an eye ready to note the change which 
was surely coming so as to be pre- 
pared for good times once again. He 
spoke a few works on factory organ- 
izations and was of the firm belief 
that it was one of the essentials in any 
business to bring department heads 
together in meeting for that purpose, 
so that things could be ironed out, as 
in a family gathering, and ways and 
means suggested for the best conduct 
of the business. He also spoke of the 
many small concerns which were not 
large enough as many thought for a 
factory organization and held that 
this was erroneous, for no matter how 
small the organization they could get 
together for mutual understanding of 
one another's problems. 

Mr. Walter Rice was asked to give a 
few remarks and entertainingly told 
of his trip into Mexico with the As- 
sociated Industries representatives. 
This trip he has writen up for the 
Wadco, and it is being published con- 

A few more selections were given 
by the Mossberg Quartet before bring- 
ing the meeting to a close and a word 
here for that quartet would not be 
amiss. Would that we had one in our 
factory like it. 

Miss Phanestiehl was seen one af- 
ternoon at 5 o'clock just after coming 
out of the factory to do a stunt which 
happens so quickly one is | hardly 
aware its taking place. The lady's 
ankle turned next, one saw a ground 

Punishment is a fruit that unsus- 
pected ripens within the flower of the 
pleasure which conceals it. 

Cont'd from page 1, col. 3 
can train and as it was problematical 
when they might be able to proceed, 
so we took them aboard with us. Two 
were mining men, a father and his 
son, who were on their way to their 
mines west of Monterery, the others 
a young American mother and her 
little five year old son, going to join 
her husband at Tampico. 

A railroad strike had been on for 
some weeks in Mexico and we were 
just experiencing th last nd of it. 
Our train soon drew out of Nuevo 
Laredo and we were on our way to 
Mexico City. Our way led out across 
the Mexican desert where nothing but 
cactus and mesquite was growing. 
When we got out in the desert about 
six miles, our engine sort of laid down 
on the job and we had to stop and 
wait until steam enough could be gen- 
erated so that we could proceed. This 
operation continued until we came to 
a siding about twenty miles out of 
Laredo, when the thing gave up the 
ghost entirely and quit. We waited 
on the siding for an hour when the 
train from which we had taken the 
engine at Nuevo Laredo caught up 
with us and we were hooked on to the 
rear of that train and proceeded. 

About ten miles further we came 
to a town which showed effects of the 
late revolutions in Mexico. This was 
a desert town situated on the banks of 
a river which was dry when we were 
there, but which is about seventy-five 
feet wide in the rainy season. The 
railroad bridge which crossed the riv- 
er there controlled the way to Mont- 
erey and consequently it was much 
fought over. 

The town which is of adobe con- 
struction, formerly had a population 
of about six hundred people. To- 
day there is less than a hundred in- 
habitants there, and the majority of 
the buildings are in wreckage. Von 
wonder how people can eke out an ex- 
istence in those northern Mexican des- 
ert towns. Naturally the crops which 
they raise arc 1 meagre and as this is 
ihe only source from which they can 
get a livelihood, the poverty there is 
almost nnhlievable. As the trains haul 
into the towns, the whole population 
turns out with all kinds of simple 
food stuff to sell, including Frijoles. 
tamales. eggs, goat's milk and even 
water .for water is at a premium there 
and it is never wasted by taking 
baths. There 1 was also a big percent- 


age of beggars at all of the stations, 
of all ages, from the little child four 
or five years old, to the aged person 
eighty or ninety years old. Both men 
and women. It is a profession with 
them, and the blessings which they 
poor upon you in Spanish, if you will 
only give them a few centavos, is hard 
to imagine. 

We rode all day through the Mex- 
ican desert, passing through little 
towns here and there, each one similar 
to the others, and late in the after- 
noon the mountains near Monterey 
came into view. They were forty or 
fifty miles away, but we gradually 
neared them. Never have I seen 
mountains of such grotesque shapes 
or of such rigid outline It seemed as 
if they had been cut out by some mas- 
sive jig-saw, so sharp and prominent 
was their outline. To me, the moun- 
tains were impressive, but not inspir- 
ing. Their great brown hulks rose 
out of the desert without, a tree on 
them, with only here and there a bit 
of sage bush growing out of the ere- . 
vices in the rock. 

(To be continued.) 

Manager Frank Brown of the Ath- 
letie Asoeiation was busy unpacking 
the baseball suits one afternon with 
the asistance of our pitcher. Ed had 
to try all caps to see which was the 
particular winning cap. Something 
in mascots, animals, cooties. Look out 
for a change, Ed! 


Mr. C. A. Whiting left for Maine 
on the 29th of April, for a little re- 
laxation from the cares of business, 
returning on the 9th of May. While 
up in the Maine woods, he had kind- 
ly written the "Wadco" of some of 
the things he was doing. Probably it 
is best to give you the letter as it is 
written .showing that the writer is 
ever thinking of his fellow workers- 

Wild Goose Club 

Castle Harmony, 

Port of Galashiels. 

Great Moose Lake, 

Harmony, State of Me. 

"The Wadco News in the Maine 

Woods!" How many of us stop to 

thinks where the "Wadco News" goes 

to, and the remote places it may reach. 

Sunday afternoon a letter from the 

factory was delivered to me which 
contained a general business report 
from the factory for the two days 
I had been away. It also contained a 
copy o fthe last "Wadco News." I 
loked over the business reports hur- 
riedly and put the "Wadco News" in 
my pocket until after supper. There 
was only one guest besides myself in 
camp and soon as suppr was over he 
and the house family left for the vil- 
lage, six miles down the lake and I 
was left alone in the woods and so far 
as I know not a human being within 
two miles of camp. I soon turned to 
the "Wadco News" and was not lone- 
some. I enjoyed your jokes and all 
of the paper. I would like to tell you 
about the fish I caught my first day 
here, but as salmon is the only fish 
not protected at this season and as 
they positively refuse to bite, I will 
content myself by saying that my 
catch although nameless amounted to 
17 1-2 lbs. for the day, varying in 
weight from 2 1-2 lbs. to 4 3-4 lbs. 

I hope to be with you again before 
the netx issue of the "Wadco" comes 
out. I am enclosing a facsimile of the 
Wild Goose Club Pamphlet gotten out 
for the Grand Centennial Celebration 
of the Club on the 3rd day of July 
1875, also one of the editions of 1880 
giving the creed, bylaws and members 
of the Club, as of that date. 

C. A. Whiting. 

P. S. — Ten minutes after giving the 
letter to the man I went down to the 
bottom of the lake. 

The Editor thanks Mr. Whiting for 
his contribution to the " Wadco • and 
would ask all Whiting & Davis em- 
playees, no mater where they be, to 
kindly take as much interest in our 
"Wadco News" not only at home, 
but also during vacation time or on 
any little side trips they may go on. 

The Wild Goose Pamphlet we will 
endeavor to print in our next issue. It 
surely is worth reading and I know 
many will enjoy it. 


Clarence Skinner through Taunton 
last Wednesday night got seasick. The 
Middleboro folks deserve a vote of 
thanks from all those who attended 
the bowling match for the very hos- 
pitable manner in which they were 

That Trip to Middleboro 

After many disappointments in get- 
ting over to Middleboro to answer 
the challenge given us by the ladies 
over there in the W. & D. factory, to 
a bowling contest we finally got there 
on Wednesday of last week, and came 
back with the bacon, although it was 
a close shave as we only won by a 
small margin. 

Every girl in the factory, who had 
done any bowling last winter, was 
invited to go and we had with us 
about fifty in the party. They were 
transported over through the gener- 
osity of a few of the boys, who are 
the owners of cars for which the com- 
mittee wishes to express to them their 
many thanks for their general good 
sportsmanship shown. We left town 
at six o'clock and on the way over 
some of the party stopped at Taunton 
to see the herring run and they knew 
we were coming, for they showed us 
how to go up against the current in 
wonderful shape which acted as stim- 
ulant on some of the girls to see so 
much activity displayed, Finally, we 
landed at the Y. M." C. A. building, 
all ready for the fray. We were met 
by that splendid lady, Mrs. Goodwin, 
with all smiles of confidence in her 
maiden effort to trim us, but the bevy 
of fair maidens she had lined up as 
her team, looked like winners before 
the start. One handicap against our 
team was they had never before roiled 
on a polished alley, and did not show 
very good in the first string. The balls 
would not stay on the alleys, and they 
were very much down in the mouth 
over losing the first string. They 
felt they were in for a trimming, but 
they clinched their hands and stamped 
their feet and went after them _ in 
good shape ,and won the second string 
and now it was game and game. 
Skinner all the evening was on the 
Middleboro lines, but now he was 
told that all kinds of things would 
happen to him unless he came over 
where he belonged, and he saw the 
fire in our eyes and came, and we won 
the string by 12 pins. Then the fans 
whooped it up for Plainville. Both 
teams were very evenly matched, and 
it proved a night of great pleasure for 
all who were there. 

Miss Carroll of Middleboro rolled 
the high single with score of 97. Mil- 
dred Miller of Plainville was high in 
the three siring totals, with 265. 



The following: is the box score: 


Corina Bolduc, 60 64 51 175 

.Aland Carroll, 97 81 72 250 

FranMe Penniman, 90 73 92 255 

Beatrice Precourt, 79 73 71 223 

Hattie Goodwin, 75 75 81 231 

401 366 367 



Florence Whiting, 

62 90 70 


Edith Cooke. 

72 73 74 


Mildred Miller, 

94 87 84 


Tinna Gauvin, 

53 88 78 


Lena Babineau, 

75 85 73 


336 423 379 


Seen And Heard On The 
Side Lines 

What made the lady faint after the 
game? Ask the chauffeur. 

Who relieved the air in Percy's 
rear wheel? It couldn't have been 
Gene, for want of time, could it? 

What could have happened to Mur- 
phy's light on the way home or was 
it nicer in the dark? 

Wouldn't it have been an awful 
disappointment to have been near- 
sight? O, Boy! 

The town fathers of Plainville were 
represented in the person of Mr. Pink 
and Mr. Barton, and from all ap- 
pearances they enjoyed the many 
sights and the beautiful scenery com- 
ing home. They say you can get out 
of Taunton without getting up a dead 
end street. Is it so, Skinner? 

The Chandler never caried a more 
joyous party than it had coming home 
with Florence and Mildred producing 
the latest in jazz and vaudeville. Time 
went too quickly for the party. I'd 
say it was some night all way through. 

The Athletic Association 

The Athletic Assosciation has at last 
been started with a membership of 
275 members. The first meeting was 
held on Thursday after work in the 
main factory, and a committee was 
appointed to bring in a list of names 
for officers. They will report on Tues- 
day and' then the election will take 

Health Notes 

If we are in the shop and something 
goes wrong — probably we over-manu- 
factured an order — it is an easy way 
out to say "the Planning Department 
takes care of how many parts we 
should make, and it isn't our fault." 
Naturally the Planning Department 
doesn't stand for this, so they tell the 
Engineering Department that the trou- 
ble is theirs, because they've given 
them the original information. No, 
this department isn't floored by a 
seemingly impossible way out. The 
Sales now gets credit for the wrong, 
for didn't they tell us that the customer 
wanted heavy material for his order? 
The Shipping Department is on the 
wire immediately: "But why in thun- 
deration did you ship more than the 
order specified?" And so it goes, but 
though this is only one phase of buck 
passing the same principle applies, 
however, and to the writer's under- 
standing this is the fundamental idea 
expressed in the above quoted para- 

Certainly there is plenty of personal 
or group co-operation, but this contin- 
ual shunting off of responsibilities to 
another department surely tends to dis- 
rupt general co-operation, without 
which no person, group or company 
can hope to properly function and ful- 
fill expectations and prospects in a field 
to which that same person, group or 
company is affiliated. 
How to Remedy the Condition. 

To eliminate this conflicting policy, 
each person or group of persons form- 
ing a department or unit can help ma- 
terially the policies of the concern for 
which they are working if their en- 
deavors are directed towards a com- 
bining of interests with other persons 
and departments. If you. as an indi- 
vidual, or you, as a department, would 
bear in mind that you are working for 
the interests of your concern, then the 
phrase "Passing the Buck" would re- 
turn to the Hoyle vocabulary. 


Remember that Typhoid is always 
either eaten or drunk. The hands are 
the chief carriers of infection. 

1. Drink only water which you 
know to be clean. 

2. Eat no food which has been 
near a typhoid patient's room. 

3. Destroy every fly that you see 
in the sick room. 

4. Disinfect your hands before go- 
ing to your meals. 

5. See that no one else uses your 
towel. In a ward be careful, disinfect 
your hands and everything that comes 
in contact with the patient. 


R. I. N. 

Irene's favorite savings: 

Well, "He don : t think so," and 
"He knows something!" 

Hey, this ain't right! This here 
oughta be like that there, now hadn't 
it, huh? 

The Editor of the "Wadeo" so they 
Is looking for news items each day. 
To make the "Wadeo" good and 
You must try and help along 
I am sure he'll appreciate 
In everything you participate. 

Honest toil would never spoil a 
pretty girl like Mary Boyle. 

Victor Zilch asked Dan Crotty if 
he had anything laid away for a rainy 
day. Dan replied, "An umbrella." 

Fred Gardner and Owen Dolan 
were debating regarding what was in 
a name. Gardner replied, "Lots. My 
furniture is in my wife's name." 

James Coyne asked Frank Murphy 
if he knew what a dark lantern was. 
Murphy said "Sure. A Ford without 
a light. 

In regard to Frank Gaddes' Coupe, 
1 think all chickens are flying that 
way. Henry Ilcmmingsen lost sev- 
eral chickens.